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Brookdale thankful for COVID-19 relief donations

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WAKE FOREST — Former Wake Forest High School football player and current New York Giant Dexter Lawrence and his mother Julia Parker donated 47 gift bags filled with hand sanitizer, face masks, lip balm and skin lotion to Brookdale Senior Living center in Wake Forest on Thursday.

Parker arrived at 1 p.m. in a miniature bus full of the COVID-19 relief donations. Executive Director Jennifer Stow was there to greet her and gladly received the items to distribute among the senior citizens.

“The entire Wake Forest community has been so supportive of Brookdale,” Stow said. “Dexter Lawrence is an awesome young man that demonstrates putting the members of the community first.”

Brookdale is restricting visitors to its community, except for end-of-life situations or pursuant to the guidance of public health officials.

In those cases, visitors will continue to need to be screened prior to entry and restricted to their loved one’s room or another designated area within the community. It is conducting health screenings on anyone coming into the community.

Brookdale has suspended all sponsored and planned group outings and is requesting that, unless medically necessary, residents refrain from making trips from the community.

One resident and one employee at Brookdale Wake Forest have tested positive for COVID-19, according to state statistics.

The center saied employees who  show symptoms are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.